This page aims to help you remove Vprotect as well as give an answer to the question – “What is vprotect application?”. These Vprotect removal instructions work for every version of Windows.
What is Vprotect application?
Many users are concerned about a suspicious process, known as vprot.exe. If you also have detected this process running constantly in the Task Manager, then you should know what exactly you are dealing with. In this article, you will find information about this program and how it appeared on your PC. Our security experts have detected a potentially unwanted program which may be distributed under the same name as a valid process associated with the AVG anti-virus solution. If you want to check whether your copy of Vprotect is a safe one, please read the information below.
We know that users’ biggest fears are viruses. Therefore, the question you probably have in your head is “Is this a virus”? Fortunately, we can clear out your concerns. Vprotect is not a virus, but a process, normally related to the Vprotect application. This application belongs to the reputed security software AVG Security Toolbar and its related applications – AVG Technologies, AVG SafeGuard toolbar or AVG Nation toolbar. If you have AVG software installed on your PC, there is really no need to be concerned, because vprot.exe is a part of it.
However, our security experts have found a potentially unwanted Vprotect application, which is spreading itself on the web as a ‘legitimate anti-spyware’. Therefore, if you do not have AVG Toolbar or any other AVG programs on your computer, you should stop vprot.exe from executing and think about removing it from your machine.
What could this program potentially Do?
If you keep Vprotect on your PC, you may experience some of the following activities. This program may start performing some fake system scans and may try to persuade you that your PC is infected with serious threats like viruses and malware. Once installed, it may repeatedly run its scanners to the system without asking for your approval. Have in mind, that it’s scan reports may display results about computer threats and famous virus names. However, this is used just like a trick to panic you, and make you buy a license key to unlock the full version of the program and have it activated. Unfortunately, buying the product may not resolve any of the detected threats, and the reason is very simple – none of them may be real. In fact the fake Vprotect anti-virus appears to be rogue software, which has no official distribution channel, it only uses shady schemes like program bundling to get inside users’ computers.
To buy or not to buy?
Of course, if you have some extra cash to spend on this product, you may actually think buy it. However, it is highly recommended to inform yourself on what this program actually does before purchasing the license key. You may find for example that security experts may categorize this program as potentially unwanted program (PUP). There are several reasons for that.
Pups, in general, are programs, which may not really deliver the functionality they promise, or sometimes, they are just not good enough to do what they claim they are doing. Such programs sometimes may behave in a way that is disturbing the users activity and even if they are not directly related to any malicious actions, they still may be referred to as unwanted. PUPs usually use aggressive tactics to scare you into a purchase.
The Vprotect application, in this case, may be named as a PUP, because many users may be disturbed by the constant messages that are popping up on their screen as a result of its scanning activity. Also, this program appears to be incapable of detecting or removing any viruses from the affected PC, since most of the treats shown in the reports are more likely to be fake and created with the sole aim to trick the users to purchase the full version. Additionally, when you buy this program, you may expose your credit card details to unknown third parties. It goes without saying that generally, having such sensitive data exposed may cause serious issues related to your security. Finally, there is a chance that even when you purchase the license, it may keep disturbing you with potentially unwanted scans and security messages. If you really want to protect your PC, it is a good idea to remove Vprotect from your system and get a good scan with a reputable antivirus software. Last, but not least, if you want to be safe, make sure that you surf the net carefully and keep your guard up.
How to remove it?
If you think that your computer is running a fake Vprotect version, you should take immediate actions and uninstall it without any hesitation. In the guide below you will find what you need to do in order to remove it safely from your system. Do follow the steps carefully, because some of the files may be hidden deep in the system.
You are dealing with a malware infection that can restore itself unless you remove its core files. We are sending you to another page with a removal guide that gets regularly updated. It covers in-depth instructions on how to:
1. Locate and scan malicious processes in your task manager.
2. Identify in your Control panel any programs installed with the malware, and how to remove them. Search Marquis is a high-profile hijacker that gets installed with a lot of malware.
3. How to clean up and reset your browser to its original settings without the malware returning. You can find the removal guide here.
For mobile devices refer to these guides instead: Android, iPhone